Ryan Newman has won five straight poles at Atlanta Motor Speedway in the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup Series. He also has won five pole award at AMS's sister track, Lowe's Motor Speedway. If Newman wins the pole at AMS this weekend, Atlanta will become the track where he has won the most poles.
"The Alltel/Mobil 1 team always takes a great qualifying car to Atlanta," said Newman. "I think our five consecutive poles have proven how good our cars are. Qualifying for us, is a total team effort and all of the guys put in just as much heart and effort as I do in getting the pole. This Friday night, we're shooting for our sixth straight, which would just be incredible."
400th career start: The Bass Pro Shops 500 at Atlanta Motor Speedway will mark Jeff Burton's 400th career start in the NASCAR Cup series. In 399 starts, Burton has posted 17 wins, 94 top-five and 155 top-10 finishes. His first career start came at New Hampshire International Speedway in July 1993.
Burton enjoys racing at NASCAR's fastest track: "I think Atlanta has the biggest difference from qualifying to racing than anywhere we go. When you drive that car in qualifying, it is so wide open. It's unbelievable what it feels like. Then in race trim you have all of these different grooves. You can run on the top, you can run on the bottom or you can run in the middle. It's just a lot of fun to race at Atlanta."
Speedway Children's Charities: The annual Speedway Children's Charities Live Memorabilia Auction will be held Saturday, October 29, 2005, at the Atlanta Motor Speedway following the Craftsman Truck race. Speed Channel will host the auction at the Speed Stage in front of the Earnhardt Grandstand. Presented by NRA Sports, the auction is one of the largest fundraising events for the Atlanta chapter of Speedway Children's Charities. Speed Channel analyst and commentator, Jeff Hammond, National Spokesperson for Speedway Children's Charities, will serve as celebrity auctioneer. The auction will feature signed replica helmets from Dale Earnhardt Jr., Rusty Wallace and Ryan Newman as well as sheet metal, Sam Bass prints and other racing memorabilia. Speedway Children's Charities is a 501(c) 3 organization dedicated to improving the lives of children. All proceeds from the auction will benefit children in the greater Atlanta area. For more information, please contact Kenny Marion at (704) 239-9211.
PRN Broadcast: The Performance Racing Network (PRN) will broadcast from Atlanta Motor Speedway, bringing fans close to the racing action, with anchors, Doug Rice and Mark Garrow, calling the action. Helping on pit road are Steve Richards, Brett McMillan, Pat Patterson with Rob Albright and Chuck Carland in the turns. Director, Alicia Lingerfeldt, helps them put it all together. Rice said, "Atlanta Motor Speedway produces some of the most exciting racing and thrilling finishes in NASCAR and we can't wait to describe all the action which there is never a shortage of." The team will call Georgia-Pacific qualifying at 6:45 p.m. ET on Friday night and on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. ET; they will give the play-by-play of the Crown Royal IROC series finale. The Bass Pro Shops MBNA 500 will air starting at 12:00 noon ET followed by the Diageo Post Race Show from AMS. Locally, PRN can be heard on WYAY 106.7 FM (Atlanta), WEKS 92.5 (Griffin) and WDEN 99.1 (Macon).
Last race of the year: Boris Said, driver of the No. 36 Centrix Financial Chevrolet, will attempt to qualify for Sunday's Bass Pro Shops MBNA 500 and it will be the 12th and final Cup race he will enter this season.
"There will be a lot of cars in Atlanta but I am confident that we can get the job done and qualify," noted Said, who will be making his first visit to the ultra-fast 1.54-mile oval. "We tested well there and should be in good shape. We just need to make sure the driver has an error-free performance in qualifying. If not, I might have to take him out to the woodshed to have a serious discussion."